Fewer Medicare Patients for Specialists Due to Consult Code Cuts
As a result, large percentages of respondents say they have changed their practices in the following ways to compensate for the reduced pay:
Survey respondents included members of specialty societies in allergy, asthma and immunology; neurology; otolaryngology; clinical endocrinology; cardiology; gastroenterology; rheumatology; gastroenterology; psychiatry; clinical oncology; gastrointestinal endoscopy; hematology; urology; heart rhythm; infectious diseases; cardiovascular angiography, and endocrinology.
Mazer shares concerns from many specialists that commercial health plans will also eliminate consult codes, exacerbating the problem.
In a letter last month to CMS, these 17 specialty societies and another 16 professional physician organizations, said the AMA survey disproves federal officials' contention last year that Medicare revenues would decline by no more than 3%.
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